THAD COCHRAN: I STILL HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THE TEA PARTY IS
by MATTHEW BOYLE 20 Mar 2014, 11:02 AM PDT
Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) confirmed on Wednesday evening that he is still unaware of the five-year-old Tea Party movement that has rocked U.S. politics, including the U.S. Senate in which he has served for 36 years.
“I said I didn’t know much about the Tea Party, and I didn’t,” Cochran said on WXXV television in Mississippi on Wednesday evening. “I heard…I read newspaper articles about them, and that’s about all I knew. It’s kind of like Will Rogers, you know. He said he knew what was in the papers.”
Cochran was referring to comments he made a month ago when, referring to the Tea Party, he told WAPT NBC News in Mississippi, “That is something I don’t know a lot about.”
The Barbour Gang rides to Thad Cochran’s rescue
ALEXANDER BURNS | 3/19/14 5:03 AM EDT
When Mississippi Sen. Thad Cochran filed papers to run for another term, the snowy-haired Republican listed the address of his campaign as a P.O. box in Tupelo, a town best known as the birthplace of Elvis Presley and a hub of the state’s conservative, northeast corner.
But the focal point of Cochran’s reelection effort might be more accurately placed in an office tower nearly 200 miles away, at a building in downtown Jackson — 210 E. Capitol St. is the address — where a pair of brothers, in suites separated by just one floor, work overtime to defend Mississippi’s elder statesman.
Sen. Thad Cochran Gears Up for GOP Old Guard vs. Tea Party Contest
By Arlette Saenz Dec 6, 2013 3:41pm
Sen. Thad Cochran, R-Miss., said today he intends to seek re-election in 2014, setting up one of the biggest Republican primaries pitting the establishment vs. the tea party in the country next year.
“Our nation and the State of Mississippi continue to face many challenges and opportunities. We must work to defend our national security interests, roll back burdensome policies like Obamacare, continue the fight to reduce our national debt and create opportunities for more jobs and economic growth,” Cochran said in a statement today. “I will run for re-election to the United States Senate. I will run hard and be successful so that I can continue to serve the people of Mississippi and our nation effectively.”
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